|Year : 2022 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 1-2
Gratitude – Moral memory of mankind!
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry; Professor, Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, KSR Institute of Dental Science and Research, Tiruchengode, Tamil Nadu, India
|Date of Submission||24-Mar-2022|
|Date of Acceptance||29-Mar-2022|
|Date of Web Publication||13-Apr-2022|
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry; Professor, Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, KSR Institute of Dental Science and Research, Tiruchengode, Tamil Nadu
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Asokan S. Gratitude – Moral memory of mankind!. J Indian Soc Pedod Prev Dent 2022;40:1-2
Nandri. Nanni. Dhan'yavāālu. Dhan'yavādagaḷu. Dhanyavaad.
Merci. Gracias. Grazie. Danke. Obrigado. Thank You!
Gratitude is a powerful emotion that refers to a state of thankfulness. The simple expression of “Thank you” is often used to show appreciation and gratitude all over the world. Every hour of every day is filled with deadlines and tasks entangled with a variety of hassles and roadblocks. It is almost always easy to miss the good and/or take it for granted. In this busy and chaotic world, the precious attitude of gratitude allows us to pause and appreciate the goodness in life.
Gratitude includes three important features: (i) affirms goodness in life, (ii) recognizes the source of goodness is partially outside us, and (iii) gives a sense of self-worth. We can appreciate positive traits in ourselves and also open our eyes to the efforts of other people in our lives. One learns to look beyond oneself and become aware of people or things that make our everyday living so much more pleasant and joyful. Once we recognize the value of other people in our life, we feel grateful for both the tangible and intangible riches in life. Gratitude not only encourages us to appreciate the good deeds done by others but also inspires us to repay them. This in turn changes the way people look at us and also inculcates a sense of self-worth. Gratitude inspires prosocial behavior such as compassion and generosity.
The John Templeton Foundation surveyed its 2000 employees and found that most of the employees wanted to be thanked more. Almost 35% of people never thanked their team leaders, and 29% never thanked a colleague. Only 30% expressed gratitude to their co-workers. Receiving expressions of gratitude at work gives one a sense of being valued, and showing gratitude is an easy and fast way to boost performance at the workplace.
What about gratitude in the field of pediatric dentistry? Dentistry is our business and we need good people skills and leadership skills to run our show. Gratitude is also a soft skill, a leadership skill, and an important life skill dental practitioners must develop along with the attitude of gratitude.
Team attitude and organization are the prime fundamentals for a successful pediatric dental practice. To have a great team attitude and a well-organized workplace, appreciating the small efforts of our team becomes vital. With whom do we deal every day? Colleagues, auxiliary staff, patients (children), and their parents. Everyone needs a pat on the back. Our team needs appreciation for the helping hand they give in running our practice. Our patients and parents need appreciation for keeping appointments and following up on time. A few tips to appreciate the team (TOAST):
- T - “Thank you” – Say thank you; it helps!
- O - “Observe” – Recognize efforts, big or small!
- A - “Appreciate” – Express appreciation consistently!
- S - “Specific” – Praise the person and not the performance alone!
- T - “Truthful” – Be sincere and avoid superfluous praise!
Let us show our sincere gratitude and appreciate our team regularly. One can also create occasions and opportunities for the team to be grateful together. A question for our esteemed readers to ponder upon! When did you last feel grateful for something at your workplace? How did it feel? What did you do about it?
Gratitude and happiness are strongly correlated. This world needs more gratitude than complaints. When gratitude becomes your default setting, life is always rich!
With Sincere Gratitude,
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